Municipality investment in public buildings
Main problem for the Municipality are high costs for electricity and heat energy supply to the Municipal buildings – kindergartens, schools, cultural buildings and healthcare centres.
The introduction of number of energy efficiency measures funded by different sources – ERDF, EEA and National funding aimed at introduction of combined renewable energy sources, able to provide electricity, heating and cooling for the air conditioning of municipal premises in total 12 end users
The investment in energy efficiency measures in Municipality Bratsigovo encouraged the transition from municipal owned buildings using fossil fuel to second-generation buildings/sites, which are energetically sustainable and environment-friendly.
The implementation of the investments triggered the installation of 4.5 MWp of biomass heat/electrical energy and 160 sq.m. solar panels both renewable energy sources contributed to significant reduction in energy costs – more than two times drop in costs
On the roof of the health care centre in the main city of the Municipality a photovoltaic of 30 KWp has been installed and the electricity is used for own needs. Part of the Energy is sold to the grid mainly out of the working hours.
Main stakeholders in the initiative are the municipal authorities and managers of Municipal enterprises as well as the population of the Municipality.
Municipality of Bratsigovo has developed a Sustainable Energy Action Plan for the period 2015 – 2020.
The amount invested in EEM is above 3 million euro in the period 2012 – 2016.
Financial resources are from ERDF, EEA, National funding – 85% othe funding, the rst is provided by the Municipality budget. The project management is shared between municipal technichal staff – 5 persons.
Evidence of success
Current energy savings for the Municipality are around 5 MW/h and reduction of CO2 emissions - 13 t/year.
The municipal energy costs decreased twice and allows the local authority to save from the budget for other investments in utility infrastructure.
The Municipality became member of Covenant of Mayors which proofs the firm commitment to increase the energy efficiency and the use of alternative energies in the municipal territories.
The difficulties encountered are the financing of the projects and raising awarness. The lack of access to capital for municipalities and private owners and knowledge how to raise finance different from the grant finance is common problem for the local authorities in Bulgaria.
Potential for learning or transfer
This practice can be transferred to other small municipalities in Bulgaria since they face the same problems with high energy costs and use of fossil fuels. The structure of the social and utility infrastructure is similar and as well as the economic development. The lessons learned can be of support for other local authorities in Bulgaria. Lessons learned in project development can also be adopted by similar sized municipalities.